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Torn From The Headlines: May 23, 1973

Pages from May 23 1973

The Illini State, with more than a half hundred operating race tracks, speedways and fairgrounds and a long history of auto racing activity, may soon join Rhode Island as the only other state in the Union with nary a single active auto racing facility.

SPEED SPORT Point-Counterpoint

Kyle Larson (42) battles Joey Logano during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. (HHP/Alan Marler Photo)

Editor’s Note: Sports fans love to debate hot topics and compare their opinions to those of the so-called experts. In the spirit of that we bring you the first installment of point-counterpart featuring longtime SPEED SPORT Editor Mike Kerchner and Associate Editor Adam Fenwick.


The pace car made its debut during the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911. (IMS Photo)

The concept of a pace car is one of many things first developed at the Indy 500 and it was created for the inaugural running of the race in 1911.

SPEED SPORT Top Performers

SPEED SPORT Top Performers

While there were many drivers worthy of being named a SPEED SPORT Top Performer this week, the SPEED SPORT staff has agreed that there is clearly one driver who stands above the rest. James Hinchcliffe returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway after a near-fatal injury a year ago to score the pole for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe Rides Emotion To Indy 500 Pole

James Hinchcliffe on his pole winning run during Indianapolis 500 qualifying on Sunday. (Dave Heithaus Photo)

What James Hinchcliffe did by winning the pole for the 100th Indianapolis 500 is fairly remarkable considering that he nearly died at Indianapolis Motor Speedway just one year and four days ago.

Indy 500 Memories: Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart races during the 1998 Indianapolis 500. (IMS Photo)

I came with my father. We were in some bus that had a luggage rack. You had to get up at 0-dark-30 to get on the bus to ride up to Indy for race day. They threw me up in the luggage rack.

Indy 500 Memories: Rick Mears

Rick Mears (3) battles Michael Andretti during the 1991 Indianapolis 500. (IMS Photo)

Off the top of my head, there are three things about the Indy 500 that are all pretty close to being my favorite memory. Obviously it’s winning at Indy – but which one. The first win has its place because of being the first. So, it ranks right up there.

Indy 500 Memories: Paul Page


It was all roadsters. I liked it in those days because you could see the driver up close and he’s fighting at the wheel. The battle toward the end of the race, the Dick Rathmann and Rodger Ward duel, where they were literally changing position on every lap, is still one of the great all-time finishes. I was infected with the crowd screaming and cheering their person on.


The Indianapolis 500 has always been a 500-mile race. (IMS Photo)

Carl Fisher and his partners decided to do away with several races on the program as was the norm in favor of one large race that they hoped would be too big to be ignored. They wanted their race to last about seven hours, from about mid-morning to late afternoon. They decided the cars of the day could run about 500 miles in that time frame, so that’s how they chose to stage a 500-mile race.

McCune Leads Must See Sprints To Ohio

Reigning Must See Racing Sprint Series champion Jimmy McCune leads the points heading into an Ohio doubleheader this weekend. (Chris Seelman photo)

Defending Must See Racing Sprint Car Series champion Jimmy McCune is leading a talented contingent of winged sprint car stars to two brand new race tracks May 21-22.


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